National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville receives $2 million in DOJ grants

October 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Attorney Jay Town announced that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center for the 2017 fiscal year.

Town and NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin said that the Huntsville Center is receiving the funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Victims of Child Abuse grant programs.

“I am so pleased to be able to announce that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center this year,” Town said. “This center is renowned for the training and support it provides the many professionals who work with child abuse victims and strive to improve the judicial system’s handling of their cases.”

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Alabama leaders react to Las Vegas mass shooting

October 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a 64-year-old heavily armed gunman opened concentrated fire on an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, approximately 450 yards away.  Alabama leaders responded to the tragedy, which is the most horrific mass shooting in modern American history.

“This morning America woke up to heartbreaking news out of Las Vegas,” U.S Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said in an email to constituents. “As of now at least 58 people have lost their lives and 500 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowded outdoor concert. I am sure the story will continue to develop, but right now we should all be thinking about those who are hurt and the families who have lost loved ones. My family and I will be praying for everyone impacted by this atrocious act of violence.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden joins Doug Jones in Birmingham on Tuesday

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 3, as the general election campaign begins in the U.S. Senate race, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will join Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Doug Jones for a campaign rally in Birmingham at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

Jones said that he is honored that his friend, Biden, will headline the October 3 rally for his campaign.

Jones said, “We are thrilled and deeply honored to have my longtime friend Vice President Joe Biden visit the great state of Alabama to reinforce his strong support of my campaign for the U.S. Senate.  I have known and respected Joe Biden for almost 40 years now. He is the epitome of what we all hope public service can be.”

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US Rep. Mike Rogers supports Trump tax reforms

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep Mike Rogers, R-Saks, announced that he was supporting the Republican’s framework for tax reform that President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

“I strongly support the tax reform framework outlined today by President Trump and the House Republican Leadership. Tax reform is the single best way to grow our economy,” Rogers said. “Hard working Americans are due a fairer and simpler tax code.

“The tax reform framework is just the first step towards helping families keep more of what they earn, create more good-paying jobs in America and help small businesses.”

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Ben Carson, former Sen. Jim DeMint, Americans for Legal Immigration, Women for Trump all endorse Roy Moore

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore continues to rake in endorsements both in Alabama and from outside of the state. Even though President Donald Trump has endorsed his opponent, U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.; Trump’s Housing and Urban Development head, Ben Carson, announced his support of Moore on Friday.

“Judge Moore is a fine man of proven character and integrity, who I have come to respect over the years. I was delighted to hear he is running for the US Senate,” Carson said. “He is truly someone who reflects the Judeo-Christian values that were so important to the establishment of our country. It is these values that we must return to in order to make America great again. I wish him well and hope everyone will make sure they vote on Tuesday.”

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Huntsville Vietnam veteran to receive Medal of Honor

September 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. Army announced that retired U.S. Army Captain Gary Michael “Mike” Rose will receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump at a White House ceremony on Oct. 23, 2017, for conspicuous gallantry while serving as a sergeant during the Vietnam War.

“Rose, a resident of Huntsville, Alabama, will receive the Medal of Honor for voluntarily risking his life on multiple occasions during combat operations while serving as a combat medic with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne),” U.S. Army Spokesman Dave Foster said. “From Sept. 11-14, 1970, while his unit was engaged with a numerically superior force deep in enemy-controlled territory, Rose exposed himself to enemy fire numerous times to provide medical aid to his comrades, and used his own body to shield a wounded American from harm.

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Roby supports removal of criminal alien gang members

September 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke in support of HR3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, and said that Congress’ first priority must be to keep Americans safe.

HR3697 combats criminal alien gang violence by amending existing law to make a person’s history of involvement in a criminal gang grounds for inadmissibility into the United States and allow law enforcement agents to automatically detain and deport anyone found to be a criminal alien gang member.

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Strange

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Forestry Association urged their membership to vote for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

“The headline in the Montgomery Advertiser on October 6, 2014 read ‘U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama school-funding case.’ We can (and should) thank Luther Strange for this victory,” the group wrote in a release on their website.

“There have been several important landmark dates in the history of the Alabama Forestry Association; the election that defeated Bob Riley’s $1 billion tax hike (Amendment One) and the transfer of power in the Statehouse in 2010 come quickly to mind,” the AFA wrote “However, the final disposition of the Lynch v. State of Alabama lawsuit has to be the most important for Alabama’s landowners.”

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Trump nominates four Judges for Federal courts in Alabama

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, President Donald Trump made several judicial appointments for Alabama’s Federal courts.

  • Jeff Beaverstock on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Emily Marks on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Terry Moorer on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Brett Talley on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
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Louis Franklin, Richard Moore confirmed as US Attorneys

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Louis Franklin and Richard Moore as U.S. attorneys in the state of Alabama.

“Today, the Senate confirmed Louis V. Franklin to be U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Middle District and Richard W. Moore to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama,” U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said on Facebook. “Congratulations to these two excellent choices by President Trump. This is great news for our state.”

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